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Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked Porter - Vanilla BeanSmoked Porter - Vanilla Bean

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very good

2,208 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,208
Reviews: 530
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 96
Gots: 288 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MiScusi on 08-31-2007

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of ummswimmin
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a tulip glass with a snifter style base. I did this to maximize the nose on this beer. I figured that a porter with vanilla would smell really good. I was right. I really enjoy the vanilla mix with the coffee of the porter.

The flavor is surprisingly well balanced. I like the mix of smoke, vanilla, and coffee in this beer. Stone did really well with this mix of flavors.

This is a very, very good beer. I know you can still find it at local stores in New Jersey. I recommend picking up a bottle.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a CCB pint glass.

A: Pours quite a dark brown, but it appears pretty clear when held to the light. Nice visible carbonation which leads to a thin, light tan head.

S: Roasted sweet malt, some smoke (that doesn't overwhelm), and a background vanilla sweetness.

T: Follows the nose well. Roast malts first, then the smoke and vanilla flavors seem to battle on the tongue, with the vanilla sweetness winning by a nose. It seems dry, even mouth-drying at the end.

M: Very nice mouthfeel for porter. Just the right weight to the body, a good amount of carbonation sensation, and minimal alcohol presence.

O: I really didn't expect to like this at all. Porters aren't a style that I usually seek out, and I generally dislike smoked beers. But I bought this as a single bottle on a whim. While not exactly complex, this beer delivers what it says. Really pretty good.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

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3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a dark mahogany with red tints around the edges, a small (less than a half finger) fizzy tan head appears, the head settles to a nice covering and slowly dissipates

S- dark roasted malt, bitter cocoa, a slightly smokiness, slightly sweet with a little vanilla in the late nose, a little bit coffee too

T- bitter dark malt, some smoke, bitter dark chocolate, maybe a slight hit of vanilla but I'm struggling to find it, there's a strange aftertaste that I cannot quite place, not exactly pleasant

M- medium body, fairly creamy consistency, decent carbonation, covers the entire palate

O- not my favorite, I'm not a huge fan of porters but I'm by no means opposed to them, just something about the really odd and unpleasant aftertaste is making this one difficult to drink for me, I wouldn't buy again

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3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a slight head. No lace.

Vanilla extract and charred malt in the nose. Some bitter chocolate.

Vanilla extract up front. Not artificial, but a little sweet. Then the porter starts. Dark roasted malt, charred notes, mild bitterness combined with malt, some bitter cococa, and a very slight smokiness in the finish. I want more smoke. Period.

Medium bodied. Good carbonation.

A bit disappointing. Too "odd" in the vanilla up front -- it just doesn't work. An uneven beer. Easy to drink, but not a quality level I expect from Stone.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is very good, very enjoyable, with a somewhat complex character.

Not quite black, it has a big tan head steadily shrinking to foamy ring and wisps, a little lace.

Aroma is rich woody-roasty prunes, dark toast, brown bread, coffee beans, faint hint of vanilla.

Taste is caramlised coffee, wood, vanilla, some singed prunes, coffee-chocolate bitterness in finish. It is excellent and very drinkable, with some complexity in the character.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slight cream coloured head over cola coloured liquid.

S: Smoke, vanilla and caramel.

T: Smoke, roasted malt, biscuit, grass, earth as well as caramel and vanilla in the finish.

M: Medium to thin viscosity with a medium to low level of very fine carbonation.

O: Complex flavours, unlike any beer I have ever tried. For me, the mouthfeel was a bit lacking though.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz poured just below room temperature. Tons of fragrance notes. Butterscotch and chocolate. Roasted notes and overall slightly sweet smell with hint of vanilla.
Beautiful to look at. Dark mahogany to almost black in color, with two fingers of frothy tan head that lingers for few minutes.
Taste full of dark chocolate with subtle vanilla sweetness. Smoked flavor is subtle as well but I prefer it that way. It compliments the other flavors instead of being all you taste.
Medium body with a creamy, slightly oily feel on the palate, with a bitter finish. Overall, the bitterness of the chocolate was just a little too much for this beer. Would be better if the sweetness and bitterness were balanced a bit more. Still quite good. I don’t care for smoked beers but this one has the right idea.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,208 ratings.